Required Elements How It Works

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Element Assignment Character, Prop & Line Requirements

At the Kickoff Event we will announce a character, a prop and a line of dialogue just a few minutes before the Official Filmmaking Period begins.

These elements must be included in your film.

The elements will vary from city to city, but in each location ALL teams will have the same required elements. It's up to each team to decide how to integrate them into their own film. Teams compete for most creative use of these elements.

Examples of Previous Characters

Octave or Ophélie Caluire, Marin

Stan or Sarah Gibbs Communicable Disease Specialist

Joe or Jolene Ellerby, Gym Teacher

Mykal or Mykala Jonas, Slick Sales Person

Kevin or Katie Conway Coach

Mark or Marga de Hond, Dierenarts

Examples of Previous Props

an envelope

une pile

a lightbulb

a dollar bill

a bowl


a cushion

a greeting card

a book

a mask

a big pink eraser


Examples of Previous Lines of Dialogue

"Mais laisse moi faire / But let me do it"

"He's been around a time or two." or "He has been around a time or two."

"De zomer komt er aan"

"You can trust me."

Helpful Hints

Required Line

The required line of dialogue must be heard or seen - it may be written. It may be in a foreign language; however if it is not clear that this is the required line, it should be translated.

Required Character

The required character does not have to be the star, but we must actually see him/her on the screen. Name tags, etc. are not necessary so long as the audience can infer who he/she is.

Elements in Credits Do Not Count

The required elements must appear in the story of your film. Use of the elements only in the end credits will NOT fulfill the requirement.

Adherence to Assignment

Did you know judges base part of their scores on a film’s adherence to assignment? This refers to the genre and required elements.

Required Prop

The required prop must be seen, and it should be used in your film in some way.

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